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Auberge (album)

Studio album by Chris Rea
Released April 1991
Recorded Studio Miraval
Genre Album-oriented rock
Length 54:33 (59:15)
Label East West, Atco
Producer Jon Kelly
Chris Rea chronology
The Road to Hell
God's Great Banana Skin
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]

Auberge (a French word meaning "inn") is the eleventh studio album by Chris Rea, released in 1991. The album, as well as the title song, was mostly notable for the association of the Caterham Super Seven that he owned, in which he called it the "Blue Seven". That car appeared on the album cover, illustrated in oil by renowned motoring artist Alan Fearnley.[2] The album makes several references to the car over several tracks, as well on the video of the title song,[3] and its cover illustration was used for its adverts. In 2005, Rea sold the car in an auction.[4] Auberge was a #1 album in the UK in 1991. The title track also gave Rea one of his biggest chart hits, reaching #16 in the UK charts. Other songs released as singles were "Heaven", "Looking For The Summer" and "Winter Song". Another song, "And You My Love", although not released as a single, has become a firm favourite among his fans and is regularly performed at live concerts.


  • Track listing 1
  • Certifications 2
  • Personnel 3
  • References 4

Track listing

All songs by Chris Rea.

  1. "Auberge" 7:18
  2. "Gone Fishing" 4:41
  3. "You're Not A Number" 5:00
  4. "Heaven" 4:13
  5. "Set Me Free" 6:53
  6. "Winter Song" (see note below) 4:35
  7. "Red Shoes" 3:54
  8. "Sing A Song Of Love To Me" 3:34
  9. "Every Second Counts" 5:08
  10. "Looking For The Summer" 5:03
  11. "And You My Love" 5:28
  12. "The Mention Of Your Name" 3:17

"Winter Song" did not appear on the initial album release; released as a stand-alone single in November 1991, it was included on some subsequent CD issues.


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[5] Gold 25,000x
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[6] Gold 36,000[6]
France (SNEP)[7] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[8] Platinum 500,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[9] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] 2× Platinum 600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  • Chris Rea - guitar, slide guitar, classical guitar, Hammond organ, harmonica
  • Anthony Drennan - guitar, dobro
  • Robert Ahwai - bass
  • Max Middleton - piano, string arrangements
  • Tim Sanders - tenor sax
  • Simon Clarke - alto sax, baritone sax
  • J. Neil Sidwell - trombone
  • Rick Taylor - trombone
  • Roddy Lorimer - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Paul Spong - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Nick Hitchens - tuba
  • Martin Ditcham - percussion, drums
  • Carol Kenyon - backing vocals
  • Linda Taylor - backing vocals
  • Gavyn Wright - director
  • The Kick Horns - horn arrangements
  • Jon Kelly - producer
  • John Mackswith - engineer
  • Justin Shirley-Smith - engineer
  • Russell Shaw - engineer
  • Willie Grimston - production coordination
  • Alan Fearnley - paintings


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Grand Prix Sportique
  3. ^ Halfbakery: Painting Product Placement
  4. ^ Coys
  5. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Chris Rea – Auberge" (in German).   Enter Chris Rea in the field Interpret. Enter Auberge in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  6. ^ a b "Chris Rea" (in Finnish).  
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Chris Rea; 'Auberge')" (in German).  
  9. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Chris Rea; 'Auberge')". Hung Medien. 
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Chris Rea – Auberge".   Enter Auberge in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
Preceded by
Circle of One by Oleta Adams
UK number one album
9 March 1991 – 15 March 1991
Succeeded by
Spartacus by The Farm
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